5 unusual yet exciting running events
Standard races are fun, but it never hurts to switch things up every now and then. Jazz up your workout routine by attending one of these cool running events!
1. Eat a donut. Run. Repeat. 🍩
What originally started as a dare between friends, grew into a nationally publicized fundraising event. During the annual Krispy-Kreme Challenge, runners have 60 minutes to complete the 2.4-mile race while eating one dozen donuts.
“Casual runners” or simply those looking for the ultimate cheat day, can chow down and stroll across the finish line at their own pace. The race is such a hit among North Carolina State University students that it was rated the #1 Thing to Do Before You Graduate" by their student government. All proceeds go to benefit the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
2. Spreading holiday cheer, one jingle bell at a time 🔔
During the winter season, runners can be found flooding the streets to help The Arthritis Foundation raise awareness about the disorder at the annual Jingle Bell Run. Across the country, runners sport holiday-themed attire and tie jingle bells to their running shoes in preparation for the race. With over $1 million dollars raised so far and a growing number of supporters, a cure for arthritis may be around on the horizon!
3. The Happiest Run on Earth 🎡
Make fitness a family affair at the happiest place on Earth, by participating in Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend! Along the 13.1-mile course, runners dash through attractions like Disney’s Animal Kingdom while being cheered on by Disney characters across the finish line in Epcot. With half marathon and kid-friendly one-mile course options, there is sure to be an event everyone in the family can participate in.
After the race, runners and their loved ones celebrate at an exclusive post-race after party full of character meet and greets, musical performances, rides, and tons of food.
4. The Walking Dead ⛰
Runners take on the ultimate challenge when signing up for The Death Race, the unknown. No two races are alike. Participants only know the race will be somewhere in the Vermont Green Mountains…and that’s all! With some races lasting over 70 hours, The Death Race is sure to challenge you mentally and physically!
5. The ultimate cardio workout 💪
Don’t drop the ice. Sounds simple enough…until you add over 100 stairs, winding roads, and an elevation level of over 1,000 feet. At the annual Bisbee Ironman Ice Competition, runners sprint up 155 stairs while carrying a 10-pound block of ice with antique tongs then speed through steep twisting roads to the finish line.
For those who don’t who aren’t a fan of the ice block, Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb is an equally challenging alternate route. For 4.5 miles, runners race up nine flights of stairs, then down the windy roads. Located just over 90 miles from Tucson, the historical city of Bisbee, Arizona is sure to make for a great view!